Might work on a wintery day.
Look how it drives, underneath!
WOW Herb Great picture But I have to wonder if the road isn't level would it still work?
Just dropped this off at the MTFCA Museum
in Richmond, IN on December 26th ....
Who can identify the car?
: ^ )
I think if you look carefully under the belly of the car you can see that there are two screws that drive the car. There are several videos of that type of screw drive car without the ski's on you tube.
Here's a picture of a 1926 Fordson screw drive vehicle I found on the web:
I Guess steering is accomplished by braking one side or the other. If the screws are hollow and watertight can it cross a stream?
Someone else can try it and let us know, I'm not that brave!
I bet it could be adapted for water, but I imagine the "threads" on the pontoons would need to be a little larger for it to be effective.
Since it's a Fordson, would that mean that on the water it would be a tug boat?
Here is a video of it running.
I wonder if there are any of those Fordson snow tractors left.
There must be a Fordson snow tractor in a museum in Califonia.Perhaps the one of the picture of Mark.
Will, Mark just posted a picture of one! :-)
I wouldn't say for certain, but I think the car may be a Hupmobile (note the radiator neck). Small ladies if it is. Those early Hupps were little cars.
I have seen photos of a similar screw-type drive under a larger roadster of that era.
Drive carefully, and enjoy the New Year! W2
Here's a blog that talks about them:
I agree with Wayne. It sure looks Hupmobile to me.
References say the car in the Henry Ford video is a Chevrolet.
There are two Fordson snow motors left in Alaska, plus parts from a third one.
There's a great article on how screw-drive vehicles work here: http://auto.howstuffworks.com/screw-drive-vehicle.htm
It does say Chevrolet in video and there is a bowtie on the radiator shroud.
The concept, it seems, is still in use-
The MudMaster is similar. There are quite a few in service in Oz.